We have gone through 3distinct phases of training.
Run Strength phase 1 - strong but long steady state and interval running training, plus using targeted races as training, including the Salomon Trail series and the Victorian Duathlon series.
During this phase alot of the early mid week ride sessions were hill based strength sessions at or slightly below FTP or TT style steady efforts just under FTP.
The majority of our long rides included efforts of some kind, be it hill climbs, long flat intervals or on adaptation weeks a brick session with the intensity mainly on the bike part.
Specific Preparation Phase 2 - our emphasis on the strength bike workouts remained with the hills, as the Auckland course is quite lumpy with some sharp gradients and technical cornering, a bit like the Amstel Gold climbs in the European Spring Classic. There was also an emphasis on descending as much as climbing to develop our skills.
|Sean Smee and Steve Hadley lead pack|
|Crit Style efforts with David Fitzsimons leading the pack|
The second bike session again is hills or hard sustainable to ready the athletes for the testing Auckland course.
How are they travelling
It has been great to have Stephen Hadley join our squad, a quality athletes who has been self coached. He has worked very well with our existing athletes in training, including Sean Smee and David Fitzsimons.
Final Hit out
We have the Hazelwood triathlon this weekend, so it will be great to get in the wetsuit and see how they swim in open water. Then its downhill to Auckland.
Should be alot of fun and they are pretty ready to race.